K-12 Teaching and Learning From the UNC School of Education

LEARN NC was a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education from 1997 – 2013. It provided lesson plans, professional development, and innovative web resources to support teachers, build community, and improve K-12 education in North Carolina. Learn NC is no longer supported by the School of Education – this is a historical archive of their website.

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Analyzing the songs of the Regulators
In this lesson plan, students read songs written by the Regulators -- protesters against high taxes in North Carolina's Piedmont just before the American Revolution. Students analyze the lyrics of the songs to determine the political, economic, and social concerns of the Regulators.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Jamie Lathan.
Animal movements
Students will move like the animal they hear described in the music.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Dance Arts Education and Music Education)
By Jo James.
Biodiversity: The many sounds of insects
In BioMusic, page 1.6
In this lesson, students will explore the sounds of insects and compare them with bird songs. They will create pan flutes and use them for communication.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–3 Music Education and Science)
By Debra Hall and Crystal Patillo.
BioMusic
Two units of biomusicology instruction for grades 2–3 and 4–5. Your students will be fascinated by these lessons that cover the miracles of animal communication, the mechanics of sound, and their connections to the field of music.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Biomusicologist
In BioMusic, page 1.8
In this lesson, students will learn about the field of biomusicology. They will investigate current scientific research and understand how researchers often must work in teams to achieve their goals.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–3 Guidance and Music Education)
By Debra Hall and Crystal Patillo.
Call and response singing
This lesson is a study of call and response singing, especially as it relates to African-American spirituals.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 Music Education)
By Melody Moore.
Commemorative landscapes
These lessons for elementary, middle, and high school were developed in collaboration with The University of North Carolina Library Commemorative Landscapes project to introduce and promote student understanding and writing of North Carolina’s history through commemorative sites, landscapes, and markers.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Copy cat
In BioMusic, page 1.7
In this lesson, students will learn many interesting things about mockingbirds. They will explore the difference between a mimic and an echo, then go on a nature walk and record bird observations in their science notebooks.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–3 Music Education and Science)
By Debra Hall and Crystal Patillo.
Create a Music Carnival
This is a lesson in which the students will combine their knowledge of rhythm, pitch, and tone color with their imaginations to create original compositions about animals. They will use "Carnival of the Animals", by Saint-Saens, and "Peter and the Wolf", by Prokofiev, for comparisons.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 Music Education)
By Rowena Licko.
Dance of the times: African-American expression of jazz
Explore jazz dance as a social dance form and a uniquely expressive art of African-American culture from the 1920's and 1930's. Students will learn about the complexity of African-American experiences that generated the dance and musical style. The activities develop students' understanding of jazz dance while integrating visual, audio, and kinesthetic learning styles.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 Dance Arts Education)
By Shelese Douglas.
Dem "Dry Bones" take form
This lesson introduces musical form (ABC) by using the song "Dry Bones."
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–2 Music Education)
By Melissa Vincent.
Developing continuous air during articulation
Combining long tones and burst-tonguing will assist many beginning instrument players to eliminate excessive breaths while articulating.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 Music Education)
By Lynn Dale.
Dino-rhythms
Students will read rhythm notations written on dinosaur shapes, discover how to play two digit number patterns, create their own rhythm patterns and play rhythms on unpitched percussion instruments.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–2 Music Education)
By Amy Snyder.
"Eggs-tra" special sounds
Students will identify, compare, and classify the sounds made by plastic eggs filled with rice, pebbles, and salt. They will graph the results of their discoveries. They will then compose and tape sound pieces illustrating dynamic levels they discovered. Finally they will construct their own "maraca" using plastic eggs.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–2 Music Education)
By Sondra Edwards.
Experience ABA form
This lesson will help students understand ABA Form. Through listening activities, they will be able to distinguish the "A" section from the "B" section and the return of the "A" section. Other activities will also be used for illustration.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Music Education)
By Lisa Qualls.
Exploring the families of instruments
Students will learn about the families of instruments and conclude the lesson by constructing a model instrument from one of the families studied.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 Music Education)
By Leslie Cothern.
Freedom songs of the civil rights movement
Students will listen to freedom songs recorded during the civil rights movement, 1960–1965. Students will write about personal reactions to the music and lyrics. Through reading and pictures, students will briefly explore historical events where these songs were sung. Listening again, students will analyze and describe — musically — particular song(s).
Format: lesson plan (grade 5 Music Education and Social Studies)
By Merritt Raum Flexman.
A guided journey into the past
In Intrigue of the Past, page 5.7
In their study of archaeological resource conservation, students will use guided imagery to discover and judge an alternative way to enjoy artifacts without removing them from archaeological sites.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 Visual Arts Education, English Language Arts, and Social Studies)
High and low bears
This is a lesson that introduces and reinforces the music concept of pitch.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Music Education)
By Penny Adams-Manolas.
How can we represent sounds that are in the environment?
In BioMusic, page 2.2
In this interdisciplinary lesson, students will listen to frog calls and identify the difference between high and low pitches. They will represent sounds using aural, graphic, and kinesthetic methods.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4–5 Dance Arts Education and Music Education)
By Debra Hall and Crystal Patillo.